You can look forward to seeing the super-hyped "American Gangster" starring Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe this weekend. "Call it the black "Scarface" or "the Harlem Godfather" or just one hell of an exciting movie, but the fact-based, 1970s-era American Gangster
is already looking like a major awards contender," writes
Pete Travers of Rolling Stone. "American Gangster
is meticulous and detailed, a drug-world epic that holds you from moment to moment, immersing you in the intricate and sleazy logistics of crime," agrees
Owen Glieberman of Entertainment Weekly.
Also, you can catch "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford" at Market Street Cinema
. The film, starring Brad Pitt and Casey Affleck. "This masterful Western by New Zealand filmmaker Andrew Dominik (Chopper
), based on the 1983 book by Ron Hansen, dips into the genre-bending influences of wild-card Westerns from the late '60s and '70s like Bonnie and Clyde
and Days of Heaven
for its elegiacally fatalistic tone," writes Lisa Schwarzbaum of Entertainment Weekly. "One of the best Westerns of the 1970s, which represents the highest possible praise. It's a magnificent throwback to a time when filmmakers found all sorts of ways to refashion Hollywood's oldest and most durable genre," agrees
Todd McCarthy of Variety.
"Bee Movie" and "The Martian Child" also open. Enjoy. I'm off the blog until Saturday.